UK To India: Please, Take The Money, We’re Begging You
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  • Anthony

    “As the world changes, models of aid that track back to the Cold War need to be rethought.” The aforementioned pretty much sums it up; yet, pounds/dollars will continue to be used as diplomatic leverage even as we transition into “new era” (soft power).

  • Mrs. Davis

    Bribes did not begin with the cold war. but that’s when they became less odious.

  • Sushil Kr. Mittal

    Dear sir,

    India is now self sufficient developed country, we are not receiving as a donation but only part of interest which Britisher’s took long back.

  • Some Sock Puppet

    I think we could rephrase that as: “Since you can’t be bothered to assist us ie: Iran, you can use that money to take care of yourself. And while we’re at it, those nuke plants? Yeah, forget it.”

    They’re worried about China, and they continually choose a contrarian proposition with a power that would gladly make them rich, prosperous and secure.

    Of course, we could be exporting thatshale oil we’ve got everywhere and sell it to India and make it more attractive to them to cut off Iran, but again, they’re very contrarian. I get the impression India does not like the US very much.

  • carvaka

    going by the comments from british politicians including the PM – mainly after the MMRCA announcement , it seems british political thought and world view has not evolved in the last 100 years.

    i was actually in two minds whether to get irritated or amused with the comments .

    if they want influence in india , they need to understand india.

  • carvaka

    @ Some Sock Puppet

    India likes the US – even during the cold war. the reason is there are indeed some qualities of US which India relates to.

    But that doesn’t mean India will follow US – blind to her own national interest.
    let’s compare the two situation pakistan and iran. US didn’t try to stop pakistan to get the nukes despite fully knowing what they were up to. because at that time US’s primary interest was USSR in afghanistan. think about the security consequence to india.
    india doesn’t want iran to have nukes. but india has a different priority list. iran not only is the second biggest source of hydrocarbon (at a concessional price at present), they are also our getway to central asia and afghanistan.

  • thibaud

    “countries like India are rich enough and proud enough to undertake their own projects in their own way”

    … ain’t too proud to steal
    sweet darlin’
    please don’t leave me
    don’t you go

  • Jim.


    Do you happen to know a good book that tracks the history of Britain’s foreign subsidies? Their cash payments to Prussia (particularly those in support of Frederick the Great in the 18th century and funding opposition to Napoleon in the early 19th) were critical in maintaining balance of power on the Continent.

    These subsidies were not seen as gracious gifts from a superior to an inferior; they were seen as providing means for two powers to achieve their mutual goals. (I think they were always surprised that the US wouldn’t simply finance WWI; the Marshall Plan was much more in this vein.)

    It seems that Britain has lost track of what it’s really trying to accomplish. In this era people tend to think “aid, that’s like humanitarian stuff or something, right?”

    Burn away the fluff, guys, figure out what your critical interests are, and figure out how to pursue them. The British government in previous centuries was just *better* at all this than they are these days.

  • thibaud

    Transparency International’s survey ranks India at 95 (out of 168) in terms of corruption – tied with Albania, Swaziland, Tonga and something called Kiribati

  • Has Cameron’s Conservative government fallen victim to a mutant strain of Post Colonial Guilt? But seriously, I’ve seen aid misused wholesale in just this way first hand in Zimbabwe. I recall a case of the Germans sending trucks, not money, and mechanics to maintain and guard same. They quickly got parted out anyway. Putting the money to things like funding students to study abroad seem a better choice.

  • Shiblee

    Western World Aid does not help any poor country . Moreover money is spent to protect Imperialist ‘s interest .

  • Islands are funny things. There is no dispute about their extent even if there are plenty of different opinions about the fishing rights and the ‘awl’. So they can become symbols whose emotional importance far outweighs their intrinsic import. Quemoy and Matsu and the 1960 Nixon Kennedy debates come to mind.

  • f1b0nacc1

    Paging Sir Humphrey…

  • Tom Richards

    This is entirely about domestic politics: Cameron has been obsessed with “detoxifying” the Conservative brand and breaking its association with “nastiness” ever since he took over as party leader. Ring-fencing international aid against budget cuts was a high profile part of this purely party political strategy. Moreover, he is now in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, whose deluded supporters would for the most part scream blue murder at the merest suggestion of cuts to aid.

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